You’ve heard it many times : kale is a superfood. Kale is fantastic. Kale is amazing. Kale is versatile. We should eat kale every day. I’m a great fan of kale and I’m also telling you it’s unpalatable when raw. Like chewing on thick grass forever. That’s where massaging comes in. Massaging the leaves in extra virgin olive oil then chopping them to really small pieces makes wonders. As well as mixing in some tangy fresh grapefruit wedges, feta, walnuts and avocado slices. As avocado season is almost over here, this might be one of the last salads for me with creamy avo for the next couple of months to come! For some extra nutrition I topped this salad with hemp seeds.
What you’ll need to serve 2:
- 4-5 large kale leaves
- 1 grapefruit
- 1 small ripe avocado
- a handful of walnuts
- a slice of fresh feta
- 1 tsp hemp seeds
- a glug of olive oil for massaging the kale
For the honey mustard dressing:
- 2 tbs red wine vinegar
- 1 tbs dijon mustard
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
What you’ll need to do:
- De-stem the kale leaves, wash thoroughly then spin dry.
- Place the leaves in a salad bowl and pour a tablespoon of olive oil in your palm. Start massaging the salad leaves, making sure the leaves are fully covered in the oily coating to break down stiffness. Continue massaging for 2-3 minutes until leaves are soft.
- Place massaged leaves on a cutting board and chop them to small pieces.
- Peel the grapefruits, remove the white skin and cut into wedges.
- Peel and slice avocado.
- Prepare the dressing in a small mixing bowl by whisking vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper. Slowly pour in olive oil while mixing, then taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- In your salad bowl mix chopped kale and grapefruit, crumble in the feta, add avocado slices and dress with the honey-mustard dressing. Toss well and top with hemp seeds.
One of the most well-known wine estates on the Stellenbosch wine route is the Asara winery that also hosts a 5-star hotel and a restaurant. The idyllic, postcard perfect surroundings make dining in this restaurant unforgettable. Service is impeccable, the kitchen uses fresh herbs and veggies from the estate’s own garden and of course the wine is excellent.